Posted: September 17, 2014 By Tim Fish
Of all the dramatic visuals the morning after the Napa earthquake—the shattered wine cellars and landslides of fallen barrels—nothing for me was more startling than the live TV images of the historic McIntyre building, crippled and sagging on the grounds of Trefethen Vineyards in Yountville.
Posted: September 16, 2014 By Liz Thach
Posted: September 15, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: September 8, 2014 By Augustus Weed
Posted: September 5, 2014 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that the extent of Napa's earthquake damage is still unknown.
Posted: September 3, 2014 By Aaron Romano
Posted: September 3, 2014 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says Napa is still picking up the pieces after last month's earthquake, but harvest is also in full swing.
Posted: September 3, 2014 By Tim Fish
Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish attends the Taste of Sonoma wine and food festival.
Posted: September 2, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 26, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 25, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
I'm from Cleveland, so when I moved to California in 1996, a lot of my friends warned me about "The Big One." I assured them that I'd rather go years of maybe having an earthquake to knowing that I'd have to endure year after year of dreadful winters.
On Sunday morning, The Pretty Big One hit. It woke us up at 3:20 a.m. I live about 15 miles from the epicenter. It's an uneasy feeling, the ground rumbling underneath you, hearing things fall and break in your house, long seconds of wondering when it will be over. Thankfully, I'm fine, along with everyone I know.
Posted: August 25, 2014 By Augustus Weed
Posted: August 24, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 23, 2014 By James Molesworth
Posted: August 22, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: August 20, 2014 By James Laube
In the past few weeks, much of my attention has been directed toward reviewing Napa Valley Cabernets from the 2011 vintage. 2011 was tough across the board in California. But interspersed with the Napa 2011s were a sprinkling of 2012s and the hint of better days ahead. Not only were many of the 2012s richer and riper, better made and better balanced, I came across some rather staggering figures, evidence of Cabernet's importance to Napa wineries' bottom lines and California's image as a whole.
Posted: August 20, 2014 By Tim Fish
Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish gets an update on California's 2014 harvest, now well under way.
Posted: August 18, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 15, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 13, 2014 By Tim Fish
The 2011 and 2010 California Merlots, for the most part, are hard and herbal, plus they lacked depth and Merlot's telltale appealing texture. Nature just didn't play fair those years.
However, I'm beginning to taste 2012s as I prepare the annual Merlot report, and there's good news. The 2012s are downright fun to drink, and what they lack in depth, they balance with luscious fruit and silky body. That makes it a great year for value hounds.
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